Initial phase of Ridgeway Centre development is underway

The long-awaited Ridgeway Centre is finally underway, marking the start of a $10 million multi-use retail development that promises to boost the local economy and provide a host of new amenities.

Located at the intersection of Gorham Road and Dominion Road, this project aims to serve the Ridgeway, Crystal Beach, and Stevensville areas.

With an initial investment of $10 million, this phase of the Ridgeway Centre translates to 16,000 square feet of commercial space.

The project’s anchor tenants include McDonald’s and the LCBO, with the former expected to open by late July and the latter by the end of 2024.

Additional units, ranging from 1,200 to 6,700 square feet, are still available for lease.

Planning for the next phase of development is already in progress.

The development is spearheaded by local developer David Kompson and his business partner Anthony Annunziata.

Mayor Wayne Redekop lauded the pair for their “shared vision, creativity, and focus on the community,” noting that their work will improve the town’s commercial business landscape.

Credit: Town of Fort Erie

“This strategically located commercial project has been many years in the making,” said Redekop.

“When fully built out, it will provide residents and visitors alike of our growing community with easy access to new retail opportunities close to home. On behalf of the council, I congratulate David and Anthony for their vision and persistence.”

Kompson says he is “excited” for this initial phase of the Ridgeway Centre’s development, stating that phase one “will be anchored by McDonald’s, the world’s largest and most successful fast-food business, and the LCBO, one of the world’s largest buyers and retailers of beverage alcohol.”

Annunziata added, “It’s exciting to do a project of this scale in your hometown. Building and designing a commercial centre that will eventually have over 100,000 square feet of space catering to the leisure tourist market as well as meeting the needs of the local market is something we have envisioned for a long time in Ridgeway-Crystal Beach.”

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